Parents upset after boy brings toy gun to school

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Parents were disappointed in the lack of communication after police were called to an elementary school regarding a toy gun.

The principal of Orchard Park Elementary school called police Tuesday, April 29 when students told a teacher one of their classmates had a gun.

A mother we talked to, who did not want to go on camera, was shocked she heard this from her 10-year-old daughter and not from school officials.

“At the very least, if something like this happens, whatever the incident is, they need to contact the parents first and foremost. The parents need to know what’s going on from an adult, not from their child.”

According to the police report, the gun was not real.  It was a cap gun.

The report also said the boy was telling other students it was real.

School officials told the mother that they didn’t reach out to parents because the students were never in danger.

We reached out to school officials and received an email that said “The principal’s main concern through all of this was the safety of students. Once that was assured she met with the students to discuss the incident. In hindsight, the principal says now that she should have made a call out to parents to inform them of what had happened in school that day.”

The school chose not to pursue charges of disorderly conduct against the boy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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